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Larry David has got it all: a loving wife, good friends, and a successful career - what could possibly go wrong? Co-creator and executive producer of the long running hit series 'Seinfeld', David tackles a new, but familiar, topic in his latest show - himself.
Shot cinema-verité style and mostly improvised, each half-hour episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" proves how the seemingly trivial details of day-to-day life - a trip to the movies, a phone call, holding an elevator - can precipitate a "Murphy's Law" chain of misfortune to hilarious effect.
Surrounded by an eclectic mix of real and fictional re-creations of his friends and enemies, prone to speaking the unspeakable and honest to the point of insensitivity, Larry David - like George Costanza in "Seinfeld" - is a walking victim of misunderstandings and missed opportunities.
01 - The Pants Tents
An innocent "bunch-up" in Larry's trousers gives rise to a misunderstanding with Cheryl's friend Nancy at the movies - where Larry also offends the new girlfriend of pal Richard Lewis. During a phone call to Jeff, Larry jokingly refers to his wife as "Hitler," not realising he's on a speaker phone with Jeff's outraged parents listening in. Larry runs into more trouble when he gives his wife a bogus explanation as to why Jeff has left a message of apology on their answering machine - with comedienne Kathy Griffin unwittingly blowing his cover.
02 - Ted and Mary
Larry and Cheryl's fun-filled double date with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen ends badly at the bowling alley, when Larry discovers that someone has taken off with his shoes. The next day Mary calls, and a smitten Larry agrees to go shopping with the actress and her mom at Barney's, and even buys the same jacket that Mary is wearing. Neither Ted nor Cheryl seem amused. Believing that Ted and Mary have invited them to see a Paul Simon concert Saturday night, Larry and Cheryl are chagrined when their new friends never call, ruining their night. Larry thinks it's because he gagged after drinking Mary's mother's water by mistake. Meanwhile, Larry retrieves his shoes from the schmuck who pinched them, but gets into a fight with the shoe salesman who ordered him a new pair.
03 - Porno Gil
By not picking up a golf ball that drops out of a bucket carried by a man in a tacky western hat, Larry sets off a bizarre chain of events in which he's forced to attend a party at the home of a porno businessman named Gil (Odenkirk), getting lost with Cheryl along the way. The party ends up being a disaster, as Larry refuses to take off his shoes, breaks a lamp, loses his watch, and is forced to do a dreaded "double goodbye."
Meanwhile, Jeff is hospitalised for emergency bypass surgery and asks Larry to remove the secret porno stash at his home so his wife doesn't find it. While carrying out the favor, Larry discovers a familiar face on one of the video boxes.
04 - The Bracelet
Cheryl and Larry get into a fight after she returns from a trip and he's too distracted by a game on TV to greet her properly. To make peace, Larry decides to buy her a bracelet at a jewellery store, but isn't allowed in because of his shabby clothes. After bribing a guy to use his cell phone, Larry calls pal Richard Lewis, who arrives to help - except that the store is now closed for lunch. The pair end up helping a blind man move into his apartment, the jewellery store closes for the night, and Richard ends up coveting the same bracelet that Larry wants to buy.
05 - Interior Decorator
By politely holding the elevator door for a woman in an office building, Larry ends up losing his place before her at the doctor's office, and is delayed 40 minutes. As a result, Larry ends up missing an important meeting with Diane Keaton. At home, Larry and Cheryl are visited by their interior decorator, who has Keaton's phone number but won't give it to Larry even though the actress called and left her number, which Larry couldn't decipher because of static. Thanks to Jeff, however, Larry is able to go to Keaton's house, where he runs into his decorator, gets into a fight, and breaks Diane's lamp - the same type that was in Porno Gil's pad.
06 - The Wire
Hoping to bury an unsightly telephone wire dangling over their yard, Larry and Cheryl befriend a pair of bizarre neighbors who must approve the burial. The husband is an incompetent lawyer but a big Seinfeld fan, so to appease him Larry arranges to have Julia Louis-Dreyfuss come for a visit. But when the actress arrives, the lawyer is missing; he's been hired to defend Jeff in a case involving a destructive kid Jeff sponsored for a Fresh Air Fund camp. At Larry's house, Julia ends up buying a bracelet from the lawyer's wife - the same kind Larry wanted in episode 4 - only to later accuse Larry of stealing it after he buys a similar one for Cheryl.
07 - Aamco
During a test-drive of Jeff's new "toy", a vintage '57 Chevy convertible, Larry mistakes the horn in an Aamco radio spot for that of an actual car idling behind him at a red light - and ends up getting the car rammed. Later, hosting a dinner party catered by an unscrupulous woman who ends up stealing the leftovers, Larry meets Mike Duffy, an actual Aamco repairman, who agrees to fix Jeff's car. But Larry's good fortune is short-lived as he ends up alienating Mike by refusing to invite him to his house on Martha's Vineyard.
08 - Beloved Aunt
At the funeral for Cheryl's aunt, Larry offers to use his connections (Jeff) to place an obituary in the newspaper. But when the paper comes out, the "a" in "aunt" has been inadvertently replaced with a "c", and Cheryl's family is convinced that Larry did it on purpose. Further incensed that Larry counseled Cheryl's sister's boyfriend to break off their relationship during the funeral, Cheryl throws Larry out of the house.
Larry ends up staying for part of the night at Jeff's, but is thrown out after Jeff's mother accuses him of trying to cop a feel. He ends up begging for a room at the hotel where his sister-in-law's now-ex-boyfriend is staying, but ends up getting thrown out of the hotel as well. It's a good thing his car has reclining seats.
09 - Affirmative Action
On his way to the drug store to fill a prescription for his wife's itchy skin condition, Larry meets with Richard Lewis, who insists that he and Cheryl come by for coffee after dinner so Larry can make up with Richard's girlfriend. The two then run into a black dermatologist friend of Richard's, whom Larry promptly offends with a tasteless affirmative-action joke. Shocked, Larry forgets to go to the drug store. Later, he loses Cheryl's prescription by giving it to a restaurant maitre 'd instead of a twenty-dollar bill. Now he's forced to try to get a new one from the dermatologist he insulted earlier.
10 - The Group
Jeff knows the director of 'The Vagina Monologues', and suggests that Cheryl (a former actress) should replace an actress who's quitting the cast. Leaving his office, a grateful Cheryl and Larry run into one of Larry's old flames: Lucy Montone, a buxom actress who inspires Cheryl's jealousy.